Local bands dream big

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Alisa Boswell Musical talent is not a scarce thing in the Clovis and Portales areas. Many local musicians have the ambition to go all the way to stardom with their musical talents and considering the recent accomplishments of some, they might do just that. One local country music talent with such a passion is Will [...]

North Plains Mall corporate owner reaches bankruptcy deal

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation’s second-largest shopping mall operator General Growth Properties Inc. said Wednesday it reached a deal with Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management Inc. that will speed its exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. General Growth is the corporate owner of North Plains Mall in Clovis. Speculation raged for weeks [...]

North Plains Mall part of takeover bid

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Simon Property Group, the nation’s largest shopping mall owner, made a $10 billion hostile bid Tuesday to acquire ailing rival General Growth Properties. General Growth is the corporate owner of North Plains Mall in Clovis. The acquisition would allow General Growth, the No. 2 owner of shopping centers, to emerge from [...]

Pop star Michael Jackson dies

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By Ben Wener: Freedom Communications Michael Jackson, the iconic entertainer known the world over as the King of Pop, has died. He was 50. Jackson was rushed to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center early Thursday afternoon when paramedics were dispatched to his rented Bel-Air home and found him not breathing after suffering a cardiac arrest. [...]

Baskett engaged to ‘Girl Next Door’

Staff and wire reports LOS ANGELES — One of Hugh Hefner’s live-in girlfriends is trading the grotto for the gridiron. The Playboy mogul said in a statement Thursday that “The Girls Next Door” co-star Kendra Wilkinson is engaged to Philadelphia Eagles receiver and Clovis High graduate Hank Baskett. The 23-year-old model-actress has lived with Hefner [...]

Strong quake shakes Southern California

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — A strong earthquake shook Southern California on Tuesday, causing buildings to sway and triggering some precautionary evacuations. No immediate damage was reported. The jolt was felt from Los Angeles to San Diego, and slightly in Las Vegas. Preliminary information from the U.S. Geological Survey estimated the quake at magnitude [...]

Government not reliable in protecting public

Editorial Following the 9/11 attacks, Americans have become accustomed to increasingly obtrusive and expensive security measures ostensibly designed to keep terrorists from boarding airplanes. But recent government security tests confirm what many of us suspect: Most of the poking, prodding, wanding, X-raying and searching by Transportation Security Administration security guards is largely for naught. Government [...]

First amendment not just issue for media outlets

Editorial Journalists get passionate about the First Amendment, mainly because it helps shield the press against those who attempt to silence it. Because such attacks are becoming more frequent, thanks in large part to the Bush administration, most news coverage of the First Amendment revolves around the media. But the First Amendment doesn’t just protect [...]